Book Review: Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone @VictoriaDahl @LUAuthors @AmazonPub #JaneDoe #bookblog #bookreview #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Lake Union Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: August 1st, 2018

 

Thank you to Lake Union Publishing, Amazon Publishing for sending me a beautiful finished copy of Jane Doe by Victoria Helen Stone to read and share my review with my followers.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

 

A double life with a single purpose: revenge.

Jane’s days at a Midwest insurance company are perfectly ordinary. She blends in well, unremarkably pretty in her floral-print dresses and extra efficient at her low-level job. She’s just the kind of woman middle manager Steven Hepsworth likes—meek, insecure, and willing to defer to a man. No one has any idea who Jane really is. Least of all Steven.

But plain Jane is hiding something. And Steven’s bringing out the worst in her.

Nothing can distract Jane from going straight for his heart: allowing herself to be seduced into Steven’s bed, to insinuate herself into his career and his family, and to expose all his dirty secrets. It’s time for Jane to dig out everything that matters to Steven. So she can take it all away.

 

MY REVIEW:

 

Three words to describe this book – vengeful, relentless, gripping!

This book! Wow! Where to start!? What a fabulous dark thriller of a novel. I devoured this book in one day it is THAT GOOD! I was unable to put this book down and found myself immersed in the story, turning the pages to see what Jane would do next. She was out for revenge, and would stop at nothing to get that revenge! And boy oh boy, revenge she certainly did get!

Jane would stop at nothing to destroy the person she set out to destroy. She was relentless in her goal to destroy this person’s life and to get back for all the wrongs this person has done in the past. Jane was quite convincing acting as a “plain Jane” and it was fun to read about her dual personalities… the “real” Jane vs. “plain” Jane. Such a gripping read that had me hooked from the start of the book and had me sitting on the edge of my seat as I read through the book.

Victoria girl, you need to write a sequel to this book. I am not ready to be done with Jane yet and I absolutely LOVED her character in this book. Jane was so unpredictable it was fun to read what she would do next. She was dark and twisted! And that made for a wonderful book.

If you haven’t read this book yet be sure to get your hands on a copy. You will absolutely love it!

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Book Review: The System (The Bubo Series Book #1) by Jess Peters

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ABOUT THE BOOK:

2045. The world was overpopulated. When the black death happened, millions died. This time it’s mutated and come back worse. The system seeks to save humanity. They pick the brightest minds to work in medical and science to help research a cure or vaccination. 

Daniel wants to contribute to society and help save humanity. To do so, he must pass the system. A series of tough gruelling tests to give those who are seventeen a work quadrant. 

Medical and science is where you want to be. To research and create a cure. Rations and living conditions are better there. Getting there is another matter. On his quest in helping humanity’s survival, will he discover that all is not as it seems?

The system seeks to save. Is this the truth or are they hiding something and do they really want to save humanity?

 

MY REVIEW:

 

The System was a fun book to read. I enjoyed reading about the dystopian feel in the book and reading about the various different factions in the story line. Society as they knew it has fallen apart. Depending on where you scored in the various tests in the system would determine which faction you were placed in. Not everyone made it through the final series of tests and some even failed out of the tests quite miserably. The tests were hard, gruelling, and both mentally and physically exhausting. Most wanted to get into the top faction where the best rations and living conditions were.

Daniel was a fun character to read about. He was determined and quite a bright young man, and he had a lot of heart and cared about others. He would do anything for his friends and family, and those he cared about. He wanted to pass the test with amazing scores and strived to make it into the top faction of medical and science. Along the way he grew weary of the system’s true intentions and wanted to see if everything they were all lead to believe was truth or if the system was lying to them all and had other plans.

It was fun to read the story from Daniel’s point of view and see things through the perspective and eyes of a young teenager. It was a refreshing story and I enjoyed the book. I look forward to the next book in the series.

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Book Review: When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica @MaryKubica @HarperCollinsCa @HarperCollins #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreviewer #WhentheLightsGoOut #MaryKubica

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PUBLISHER: Park Row

PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018

 

Thank you to Harper Collins Canada for sending me a beautiful free paperback copy of When the Lights Go Out by Mary Kubica to read and share my review.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 


This book follows the main character Jessie Sloane. Her mother is sick and after years of caring for her sick mother Jessie is on the path to rebuilding her life. She suffers from insomnia, and is unable to sleep despite the fact that she is exhausted from lack of sleep. She moves out of her family home and gets her own apartment, applies for college, and is set to begin the next chapter of her life. 

Then a problem arises. The college she has applied to informs her that her social security number has raised a red flag. Confused Jessie Discovers a shocking detail that causes her to doubt everything she thought she knew.

As more days pass with Jessie’s insomnia causing her to become increasingly tired and exhausted, she begins to hear things and see things. She is not sure what to believe and what is real. Her judgement becomes blurred, and she has a difficult time separating reality from her imagination and mind playing tricks on her.

Will Jessie be able to uncover the truth, and finally be able to get some sleep?

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MY REVIEW:

Thrilling, and gripping!

When the Lights Go Out is the first book I have read by Mary Kubica and it won’t be my last. I was thrilled when I received a free copy of this book from the publisher to read and review, as I have heard many wonderful things about this book and author.

The story is told in alternating point of views. Parts are told by Jessie and parts are told by her mother Eden.

I enjoyed reading parts narrated by Eden as it allows us to get a better understanding of what Eden herself had gone through in life which lead to the decisions she has made in her life. The trials, tribulations, heartache, struggles, etc that made her who she was as a person. Eden was a likeable character that you cannot help but like after reading everything that she has gone through as a person. To top it all off Eden gets sick and is being cared for by her daughter.

Jessie was also a likeable character. I felt bad for her to read about the suffering and exhaustion she experience due to her insomnia. She is unable to sleep despite how exhausted she is, and you cannot help but feel bad for her when you learn about all the tricks her mind is playing with her due to her insomnia. She struggles with determining what is reality and what is all in her imagination.

This book was enjoyable from the very first page. I enjoyed reading the story and watching it all unfold, and each chapter left me wanting to read more to see what would happen next. There are several twists and shocking turns to keep you on the edge of your seat, and will have you turning the pages late into the night as you read through this book.

I did not expect the main twist in the book at all. To be completely honest I thought it would go a totally different way and that is ok. It totally caught me off guard with the twist, one that I definitely did not see coming.

A fantastic thriller that I highly recommend! I’ll be on the lookout for your other books Mary Kubica. Great job!

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Book Review: Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia @AtriaBooks @SimonSchusterCA @SimonBooks @MejiaWrites #LeaveNoTrace #bookreview #bookblogger

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PUBLISHER: Atria

PUBLICATION DATE: September 4th, 2018

 

 

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending me a free beautiful paperback copy of Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia to read and share my review with my followers.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK:

There is a place in Minnesota with hundreds of miles of glacial lakes and untouched forests called the Boundary Waters. Ten years ago a man and his son trekked into this wilderness and never returned.

Search teams found their campsite ravaged by what looked like a bear. They were presumed dead until a decade later…the son appeared. Discovered while ransacking an outfitter store, he was violent and uncommunicative and sent to a psychiatric facility. Maya Stark, the assistant language therapist, is charged with making a connection with their high-profile patient. No matter how she tries, however, he refuses to answer questions about his father or the last ten years of his life

But Maya, who was abandoned by her own mother, has secrets, too. And as she’s drawn closer to this enigmatic boy who is no longer a boy, she’ll risk everything to reunite him with his father who has disappeared from the known world.

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MY REVIEW: 

Compelling, powerful, mysterious! Three words to describe this book!

From the very first page of this book I was hooked. I enjoyed Mejia’s style of writing and the way she pulls the audience into the story in this book. A young boy named Lucas Blackthorn goes missing with his father all those years ago, only to return years later? Yes please!

I found myself immersed in Leave No Trace as it unfolded and we learn more bit by bit what happened all those years ago and why the boy and his father disappeared and why he hasn’t resurfaced until now. I enjoyed reading about Maya and Lucas’ interactions as Lucas was a patient of Maya’s and reading about their initial meeting at the psychiatric facility. When Lucas would not talk to any nurses or doctors prior to now it was interesting to see if he would open up and talk with Maya, feeling comfortable around her enough to open up. It was very interesting to watch them develop a professional relationship and to watch it grow into more of a friendship over time.

If you are looking for a fantastic thriller of a book to read and devour, look no further. I recommend this book and you will not be disappointed!

This was the first book I have read by Mindy Mejia and if definitely won’t be my last! Highly recommend this book!

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Book Review: The Saturday Night Ghost Club by Craig Davidson @PenguinRandomCA @penguinrandom #bookreview #bookblogger #bookblog #bookreviewer #TheSaturdayNightGhostClub #CraigDavidson

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PUBLISHER: Knopf Canada, Penguin Random House

PUBLICATION DATE: August 14th, 2018

 

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada for sending me a beautiful hardcover copy of this book to read and share my review with my followers. This cover is stunning and is kinda creepy, and I was thrilled to read this with Halloween just around the corner. This was the first book I have read by this author, and bonus… he is a Canadian author 🙂

 

ABOUT THE BOOK (found on Goodreads): 

When neurosurgeon Jake Breaker operates, he knows he’s handling more than a patient’s delicate brain tissue–he’s altering their seat of consciousness, their golden vault of memory. And memory, Jake knows well, can be a tricky thing.

When growing up in 1980s Niagara Falls, a.k.a. Cataract City–a seedy but magical, slightly haunted place–one of Jake’s closest confidantes was his uncle Calvin, a sweet but eccentric misfit enamored of occult artefacts and outlandish conspiracy theories. The summer Jake turned twelve, Calvin invited him to join the “Saturday Night Ghost Club”–a seemingly light-hearted project to investigate some of Cataract City’s more macabre urban myths. Over the course of that life-altering summer, Jake not only fell in love and began to imagine his future, he slowly, painfully came to realize that his uncle’s preoccupation with chilling legends sprang from something buried so deep in his past that Calvin himself was unaware of it.

 

MY REVIEW: 

This book was a great choice being that Halloween is just around the corner. We read alternating timelines – when Jake was a young boy and a member of The Saturday Night Ghost Club with his friend Billy, his Uncle Cal and his Uncle’s friend, and the present when Jake is a grown man with a family of his own and a professional doctor.

It was fun to read about all the adventures of the Saturday Night Ghost Club and read about what they were up to and all of the urban myths they were trying to discover and uncover the truth about. Their club took them on many ghost hunts and truth seeking adventures, and it was fun to read about all of their findings. It was refreshing to read the story from Jake’s point of view as a young pre-teen and see the world through his eyes. He was a fun character to read and learn about, and to watch him grow and see his personality come through on a daily basis.

His Uncle Cal was quite the interesting character. He seemed like the fun Uncle that everyone wishes they had in their lives. He was spunky, had a sense of adventure, like to hunt for ghosts and believed in all kinds of weird paranormal stuff. He was young at heart and up for adventure. It was interesting to read along and find out that Cal had secrets of his own, secrets that he himself wasn’t even aware of. That was certainly a twist in the book that I enjoyed and didn’t see coming.

Overall the book was an interesting read and I enjoyed the refreshing take on urban myths and the idea of the Saturday Night Ghost Club.

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Book Review : The Winters by Lisa Gabriele @VikingBooks @PenguinRandomCA @penguinrandom @doubledaybooks @doubledayca #TheWinters #LisaGabriel #bookreview #bookblog

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PUBLISHER: Viking

PUBLICATION DATE: October 16th, 2018

 

Thank you to Penguin Random House Canada and Doubleday Books Canada for sending me a beautiful ARC copy of The Winters by Lisa Gabriele to read and share my review with my followers. The book cover is beautiful.

 

ABOUT THE BOOK: 

A young woman is living on the Cayman Islands. She is living in housing that is provided by her employer  – an Australian named Laureen. The young woman works for Laureen and her boating company, to pay off some debts that were left behind after her own father had passed away.

One day at work she meets an older, wealthy and successful man named Max Winters. He is good looking, rich, lives in a mansion on Long Island, and is a widower. Before long they are spending time together as he hires her to take him out on the boats belonging to the boating company. They have a whirlwind romance, and very soon Max Winters asks her to marry him and move with him back to the USA. 

Excited to start this new chapter of her life, she says yes and makes the move with Max back to Long Island. She is anxious though, as Max has a teenage daughter named Dani. She can be upfront, rude, crude and sassy and does not take to her father’s new girlfriend at all. In fact, Dani seems intent on making her life a living hell and will stop at nothing to ruin the relationship.

Slowly, she learns things about her fiance and his past marriage. Things that Max has kept from her. Did he simply forget to mention such things to her or did he deliberately lie and withhold things from her? She finds herself beginning to question if she truly knows her fiance at all. 

 

MY REVIEW: 

I enjoyed this book and the story line of it all. It was a bit slow paced in some parts, but overall I found the plot interesting and enjoyed reading about this twisted whirlwind of a romance. What started off as a seemingly beautiful love story ended up dark and sinister…Are we to believe Max Winters, the handsome rich man or seems to have it all, or do we believe his troubled teenage daughter who seems to stop at nothing to destroy her father’s new relationship and stop the marriage before it happens?

Dani is all messed up. She clearly has issues, acting hot and cold towards her father’s new fiance. One day she seems nice and sweet and interested in building a relationship with her soon to be step-mother, and the next day she is out to embarrass and destroy her. I felt myself sorry for her at times throughout the book. She did lose her mother after all, in a tragic accident that claimed her mother’s life. She was really close with her mother. Dani was easy to dislike in this book after all the stunts she pulled to try to ruin her father’s new relationship. 

Max seemed like the perfect man who had it all. A great job, he was handsome, rich, lived in a mansion, had a daughter and was engaged to be married. Is he truly the perfect man his fiance thinks he is, or is he more dark and sinister?

Overall I enjoyed reading this book and there are a few shocking twists and turns in the book that I didn’t see coming. 

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Book Review: Katerina by James Frey @SimonSchusterCA @SimonBooks @GalleryBooks @ScoutPressBooks #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviews #Katerina #JamesFrey

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PUBLISHER: Gallery/Scout Press

PUBLICATION DATE: September 11th, 2018

 

Thank you to Simon and Schuster Canada for sending my a beautiful ARC copy of this book to read and review.

Synopsis: 

This book follows the story of the main character, Jay. He is all kinds of messed up. This book is a love story that is written in alternating timelines, between 1992 Paris and 2018 Los Angeles.

Jay is young and is an aspiring writer. He makes the move from the USA to Paris in an attempt to become a professional writer, and is hard into love and sex, drugs and the madness of youth.

While in Paris, Jay meets a woman named Katerina. She is just as wild as him, and it appears he has met his match. They have a whirlwind romance, with lots of sex, drugs, and craziness. When it appears to him he has hit rock bottom, he moves back to the USA leaving Katerina and his life in Paris behind.

Twenty-five years later, Jay is the writer he has always aspired to be – he is rich, famous, and numb, and he wants to drive his car into a tree, when he receives an anonymous message that draws him back to the life, and possibly the love, he abandoned years prior.

My Review: 

Wow!! This book!

I literally had to take a few days after finishing this book to process what I had read and get my thoughts straight. The writing just blew me away!! It left me speechless!

This was the first book I have read by James Frey and wow, I can say that I am now a huge fan! He has such a way of writing that pulls you in! I will definitely be on the lookout for his other books.

Sex, drugs, and alcohol. That is a common and frequent storyline of the book. Jay sleeps with various women, has many one night stands, drinks and drinks and drinks, and does drugs like there’s no tomorrow. He is all kinds of messed up and his character is very easy to dislike, or hate. He hits rock bottom. He makes a complete mess of his life, and along the way he meets Katerina. They have a whirlwind romance, with more sex, drugs, and alcohol. She is just as crazy and messed up as he is… and he loves it.

I found myself literally flipping through the pages of this book as I was curious what would happen next. I wanted to see how much more messed up Jay could get (if that was possible!). I wanted to see how far his relationship with Katerina would go. There were so many shocking parts and surprises in this book it makes it so hard to put down.

I loved the writing! Wow…Just wow!

I found myself emotional reading through the book. Especially near the end. Without giving away any spoilers, I just want to say this book left me speechless and teary eyed at the end. Such a powerful book!

Definitely a must read! Get this book now!

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Book Review: Bellewether by Susanna Kearsley @SusannaKearsley @Sourcebooks @sbkslandmark #Bellewether #bookreview #bookblogger #bookreviewer

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PUBLICATION DATE: Sourcebooks Landmark

PUBLICATION DATE: August 6th, 2018

 

Thank you to the publisher Sourcebooks Landmark for providing me with a free finished copy of this book to read and review. 

Can we just take a moment to look at this book cover. The cover of this book is stunning! I just love it! 

Synopsis:

“The house, when I first saw it, seemed intent on guarding what it knew; but we all learned, by the end of it, that secrets aren’t such easy things to keep.” 

It is late summer, a war is currently raging, and families are torn apart by divided loyalties and deadly secrets. We are introduced to a young French Canadian lieutenant named Jean-Philippe de Sabran who is captured and billeted with a Long Island family, the Wilde family, and is an unwilling and unwelcome guest in their home. He begins to find himself attracted to the family’s daughter Lydia Wilde.

Legend has it that the forbidden love between Jean-Philippe and Lydia ended tragically, but centuries later, the clues they left behind slowly unveil the true story.

Part history, part romance, and all kinds of magic, Susanna Kearsley’s latest masterpiece will draw you in and never let you go, even long after you’ve closed the last page.

My Review:

This story is told in two different timelines – THE PAST from alternating points of view of Jean-Philippe de Sabran and Lydia Wilde, and THE PRESENT from the point of view of Charley, a museum curator who is determined to unveil the truth of what truly happened all those years ago.

Charley was a fun character and I enjoyed reading the chapters from her point of view. She was determined and focused on uncovering the truth and mystery of what truly happened all those years ago, with Lydia Wilde and her family, and Jean-Philippe de Sabran. Did their love story end tragically, as the legend suggests, or is there more to the story? It was fun to read about Charley’s own love story as well, when she meets a man named Sam. He was a very likeable character and it was fun and enjoyable to read about their friendship and watch their love unfold.

Jean-Philippe was a fun character to read about as well. He seemed like a loyal, kind, gentle and honest man. He found himself becoming more and more interested in the young Lydia Wilde and found her attractive. He often put others before himself which showed how much he cared about others and was a true gentleman.

Lydia Wilde was an interesting character as well. She found herself interested in Jean-Philippe and would often steal glances his way when he wasn’t looking. I found it endearing and adorable to read about their love story and watching it all unfold. 

This was such a magical book to read and I found it captivating and full of wonder. It had the right amount of historical fiction and romance, to bring the reader a magical love story. I found the twists in the book to be surprising, as I was not expecting them to unfold the way they did, and I loved that.

Such a magical read and I highly recommend this book!

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Book Review: The Other Sister by Sarah Zettel @HBGCanada @GrandCentralPub @sarah_zettel #bookreview #theothersister #bookblogger #bookreviewer

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PUBLISHER: Grand Central Publishing

PUBLICATION DATE: August 28th, 2018

 

Thank you to Grand Central Publishing and Hachette Book Group Canada for providing me with a free physical copy of this book to read and review.

ABOUT THE BOOK:

The description of this book completely sucked me in and I knew it would be a book that I would really enjoy…

Two sisters, one murder plan. One sister is bad…one sister is good.

Geraldine Monroe is the bad sister. She is a troubled girl who often finds herself in trouble and causing trouble for others. She often makes a scene and embarasses herself and her family. She is reckless, disobedient, and suddenly disappeared after their mother’s death 20 years ago.

Marie Monroe is the good sister. She is polite, obedient, and follows the rules. She does anything to please her father, and lives at the family home with her father and her teenage son.

Their father Martin Monroe can be overbearing and controlling. Afterall he does have a family reputation to uphold. A lot of the things thriving in the city have been because of the Monroe family. Marie is the one who takes it upon herself to follow her father’s orders to please him, thus is the good sister.

 

MY REVIEW:

This book sucked me in from the beginning. The Other Sister is so full of family drama, family secrets, deception, betrayal and lies. A complete recipe for the perfect disaster. I found initially that both sisters are completely different. You have the trouble maker and you have the innocent obedient one.

The Monroe family is so concerned with keeping up appearances and seeming like the perfect, respectable family. Their father, Martin, is especially dark and twisted. The sisters have a secret though. They have a plan to work together to stop at nothing to destroy the one person responsible for destroying their family and them – their father.

It was easy for me to quickly despise the father Martin. He was twisted and evil, and I had no use for him. Geraldine, the troubled sister, had her issues but I found myself many times feeling sorry for her and her situation. Marie, the good sister, I seemed to like but she is hiding her fair share of secrets as well.

Without giving too much away I enjoyed this book. There are many characters you will learn to love and despise, and lots of twists and turns and shocking secrets revealed that will keep you on the edge of your seat as you read this book.

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Book Review: After the Fire by Will Hill @WillHillauthor @SourcebooksFire @RaincoastBooks #AftertheFire #WillHill #bookreview #bookblog

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PUBLISHER: Sourcebooks Fire

PUBLICATION DATE: October 2nd, 2018

 

Thank you to Sourcebooks Fire and Raincoast Books for providing me with a free physical paperback copy of this amazing book to read.

This book follows the story of a young woman named Moonbeam… Before, she lived inside the fence. Before, she was never allowed to leave the property, never allowed to talk to Outsiders, never allowed to speak her mind. Because Father John controlled everything—and Father John liked rules. Disobeying Father John came with terrible consequences.

But there are lies behind Father John’s words. Outside, there are different truths.

Then came the fire.

Three words to describe this book – survival, perseverance and control.

You cannot help but feel very many different emotions while reading this book. It sucks you in from the very first page, and holds your interest throughout as you turn the page to read what will happen next. A very compelling and powerful story of survival, perseverance, control and the fight for freedom. Cleverly written through to the very powerful ending, this book was simply amazing!

After the Fire is told from alternating timelines – between the past (before the fire), and the present (after the fire). As we read the book the story slowly unfolds, as the main character Moonbeam tells her powerful story. Bit by bit we get glimpses into what really happened, and piece by piece we eventually get to understand the whole story and what truly happened.

I felt many different emotions while reading this novel. At times I felt sorry for Moonbeam and all the young children and in this book, as I read what they had to endure and go through on a daily basis. Reading how they were treated, both unkindly and unfairly, and were lied to and manipulated for so many years by the adults who were supposed to protect them and care for them. And don’t get me started on Father John. What a piece of work he was! I quickly learned to despise Father John.

After the Fire is a powerful and wonderful story that was a pleasure to read. It made me feel all the feels and feel so many different emotions. What an emotional roller coaster! I highly recommend this book.

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